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When you want to relax with a drink, you can imbibe at three different bars without leaving the luxurious surroundings of The Peninsula New York. Located next to Fives — the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s contemporary American fine-dining restaurant — Bar at Fives offers an upscale vibe for businessmen and women and New York notables who crowd the warmly appointed space in the early evening. You’ll be treated to live entertainment and an enticing cocktail menu that includes specialty drinks such as the Pen-Cosmo (Skyy Citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime and cranberry juice) and the Big Apple martini (Skyy Vodka, apple schnapps and a splash of sour mix), as well as wine, champagne and mocktails.
Venture to the mezzanine level of the luxury hotel’s lobby and you’ll find one of our favorite spots in New York, the Gotham Lounge. The lounge serves afternoon tea and cocktails to a casual yet fashionable crowd of professionals and tea connoisseurs. You’ll feel more like you’re sitting in a living room — seating is spread out enough that you can enjoy a private conversation. While sipping cocktails, nibble on bar snacks like delicious salted and smoked almonds, marinated olives and cheddar cheese chunks. If you’re looking for something more substantial, the menu offers mini burgers, crab cakes, smoked salmon with American caviar and more. For an authentic tea experience, try the Earl Grey supreme on the afternoon tea menu, which features a delightful selection of finger sandwiches, pastries and scones.
Salon de Ning, located on The Peninsula’s terrace, merges East and West in a dazzling setting with views of Manhattan and Fifth Avenue below. The enclosed portion of the trendy bar recalls Shanghai in the 1930s and is as appealing as the outside terrace. It’s no surprise that the terrace is It’s always hopping during the summer, but even in the winter, the area is covered and heated, so you can check it out year round. Try a cocktail off its extensive menu, such as the Ning Sling, made with Hendricks gin, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur and fresh lime. It will be hard deciding which hotel bar to visit, but it will be even harder choosing among the tasty cocktails.